1822 Basking Ridge Somerset County New Jersey, USA
Jan. 13, 1892 Springfield Sangamon County Illinois, USA
Beam - Died Jan. 13 at 3:45 a.m. at his residence on West Edwards Street, William Cass Beam aged 70 years old.
Although Mr. Beam had been ailing for about two months with a complication of diseases, he had been confined at his home but a few days and no one in the community was prepared for the sudden and startling news of his death announcement yesterday. The day previous his physician pronounced him fully as well, if not better than for some days previous. Up to a few minutes before his demise he conversed with his family and friends in attendance in his usual pleasant manner and made no serious complaints regarding his condition, but was hopful of being out in a few days.
At the hour of his departure he made a faint effort to call his attendant, but by the time the latter had reached his side death had conquered his victim. With an apparent sigh and no visible show of pain the old gentleman breathed his last. The summons came suddenly and unexpectedly and has caused deep sorrow among his large circle of friends. The Physician pronounced death caused by congestion of the brain. This sudden death coming so near and so similar to that of his brother John C. Beam, who lived only a few doors distant and who died Monday morning, makes the affliction doubly sad with the families and friends of these two well known and highly esteemed citizens.
Mr. William C. Beam was born in 1822 near Basking Ridge, New Jersey. He removed to this city in 1848 and soon afterwards was married to Miss Jane Grubb. The latter died some three years ago. During his 54 years as resident of Springfield, the deceased was an active and prominent coal dealer, was universally like by all and perhaps no one in the Capitol City had more friends and acquaintances than he and his brother referred to above. He leaves an adopted daughter, Miss Maggie Beam, one brother, Mr. Alfred Beam of New Britain, Connecticut and two sisters, Mrs. George K. Johnson and Mrs. Simon String, both residents of this city.
The funeral will take place Friday at 2 o'clock from the residence of the late John C. Beam, corner of Spring and Edwards and will be a double one, the two brothers being conveyed side by side to their last resting place at Oak Ridge Cemetery.